The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 16 December, determining that the situation in that country constituted a threat to international peace and security.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2326 (2016), the 15-nation organ decided that UNMISS continue to include a Regional Protection Force and authorized the Mission to use all necessary means to carry out its tasks.
Petr V. Iliichev (Russian Federation) stated his surprise at the draft resolution and the extension of just one day, especially since the sponsors had had sufficient time to review the text. Concluding that it was due to the detrimental effect of the current penholder system, he expressed hope that Council members would take into consideration his country’s initiative to review penholdership.
The meeting began at 6:04 p.m. and ended at 6:07 p.m.
The full text of resolution 2326 (2016) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling its previous resolutions 1996 (2011), 2046 (2012), 2057 (2012), 2109 (2013), 2132 (2013), 2155 (2014), 2187 (2014), 2206 (2015), 2223 (2015), 2241 (2015), 2252 (2015), 2302 (2016), and 2304 (2016) and statements by its President S/PRST/2014/16, S/PRST/2014/26, S/PRST/2015/9, S/PRST/2016/1, and S/PRST/2016/3,
“Determining that the situation in South Sudan continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,
“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
“1. Decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), as set out in resolution 2252 (2015), and as further set out in resolution 2304 (2016), until 16 December 2016, and further decides that UNMISS shall continue to include a Regional Protection Force (RPF) with the mandate set forth in resolution 2304 (2016);
“2. Authorizes UNMISS, including the RPF, to use all necessary means to carry out its tasks;
“3. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”